The Anthropocene is a proposed name for our current geological epoch; a time on Earth characterized by human-caused planetary change. Homo sapiens have been rapidly shaping landscapes, greedily extracting resources, and carelessly discarding waste without much regard for the consequences. My artistic practice is a sincere attempt to understand our ecological past and present, while speculating our possible futures on a damaged planet. Through tactile experience, participatory engagement, and crossdispilnary collaboration, I intend to foster ecological literacy while queering our cultural perceptions of “the natural world.”

Jillian Hirsch is an artist, educator, and current graduate student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. Over the last 5 years, Jillian’s professional career has focused primarily on community-based arts via the creation of large-scale mosaics murals in collaboration with schools, nonprofits, and partners. Through her artistic practice, Jillian strives to engage others in dialogue concerning ecological literacy and environmental issues while exploring speculative futures on a damaged planet.

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